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n. Upper Southern US
Variant of potato.

[Shortening and alteration of potato.]
Our Living Language Since English is a language that stresses some syllables and not others, weakly stressed syllables, especially those preceding strong stresses, are dropped at times. This process, called aphesis when it occurs at the beginning of a word, is more common in regional American dialects than in the more conservative Standard English, which tends to retain in pronunciation anything reflected in spelling. Although many American dialects feature aphesis, it is most famous in the dialects of the South, where it yields pronunciations such as count of for (on) account of, possum for opossum, tater for potato, and skeeter for mosquito. See Note at holler2


(Plants) a dialect word for potato


(ˈteɪ tər)

n. Dial.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tater - an edible tuber native to South Americatater - an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
starches - foodstuff rich in natural starch (especially potatoes, rice, bread)
solanaceous vegetable - any of several fruits of plants of the family Solanaceae; especially of the genera Solanum, Capsicum, and Lycopersicon
root vegetable - any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
baked potato - potato that has been cooked by baking it in an oven
chips, french fries, french-fried potatoes, fries - strips of potato fried in deep fat
home fries, home-fried potatoes - sliced pieces of potato fried in a pan until brown and crisp
jacket - the outer skin of a potato
mashed potato - potato that has been peeled and boiled and then mashed
Uruguay potato - similar to the common potato
Solanum tuberosum, white potato, white potato vine, potato - annual native to South America having underground stolons bearing edible starchy tubers; widely cultivated as a garden vegetable; vines are poisonous
References in classic literature ?
bout ten year ole dat 'uz good to me, en hadn't no mammy, po' thing, en I loved her en she loved me; en she come out whah I uz' workin' en she had a roasted tater, en tried to slip it to me-- robbin' herself, you see, 'ca'se she knowed de overseer didn't give me enough to eat--en he ketched her at it, en giver her a lick acrost de back wid his stick, which 'uz as thick as a broom handle, en she drop' screamin' on de groun', en squirmin' en wallerin' aroun' in de dust like a spider dat's got crippled.
Good, plain, common cookin', Jinny'll do;--make a good pone o' bread,--bile her taters far,--her corn cakes isn't extra, not extra now, Jinny's corn cakes isn't, but then they's far,--but, Lor, come to de higher branches, and what can she do?
Young gentlemen generally has been overdosed with taters.
But his mother threw down her knitting, and, hurrying after him, took hold of his arm, and said, in a tone of plaintive remonstrance, "Nay, my lad, my lad, thee munna go wi'out thy supper; there's the taters wi' the gravy in 'em, just as thee lik'st 'em.
Lors, she's fine an' comfor'ble now, my old mother is; she ates her baked meat an' taters as often as she likes.
Baloney, it's obviously an ol' russet tater that's been baking on the ol' wall by the hot Georgia sun since the Civil War.
th] the top five winners from the local round of Bar Louie's 8th annual "Rock the Tot" tater tot eating contest will descend upon Bar Louie Cleveland to compete in the National Championship.
Sloppy Joe, baked tater tots, three-bean salad, pears and milk.
Some of the creative recipes include Cream of Mushroom Soup (using almonds and vegan milk for the base), Hot and Sour Soup with Bok Choy, Portobello Fajitas with Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce, Asian Chopped Salad, Tandoori Tofu and Vegetables, Scampi Pasta with Asparagus and Walnuts, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Tater Tot Casserole, Classic-Style Benedict, Country Hash, Fudge Brownies, Blueberry Scones, and Soft Pretzels.
Il a fait savoir, en outre, que des contacts preliminaires ont ete noues avec Touring voyages Algerie pour preparer le deplacement, et que cet organisme de tourisme, partenaire habituel de Mobilis dans ce genre d'evenement, a deja envoye une delegation au lieu de la competition continentale pour [beaucoup moins que] tater le terrain [beaucoup plus grand que]'.
And today, six decades on, the tater is still in the family.
12-2-708/2/19/vvn/47 to tater gudi under mehdipatnam section, sub dn.